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Fuel-efficient cars driving automotive market’s growth

Industry figures show fuel-efficient cars are driving the automotive market, as consumers look to cut the costs of motoring by purchasing alternative fuel vehicles such as electric hybrids. The whole industry saw growth of 7.6% in January, when compared to the same period in 2013. In comparison, alternative fuel...


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Academics respond to UKIP MEP’s call for global warming evidence

The UKIP MEP who called for the teaching of climate change to be banned in schools has asked to be shown evidence that “proves beyond doubt” that carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions cause global warming. Here, two climate academics duly oblige. Earlier this month, UKIP’s education spokesman Derek Clark MEP said...


Summer Rayne Oakes

20 questions with… Summer Rayne Oakes

Summer Rayne Oakes answers 20 questions on life, sustainability and everything. A designer, activist, author, eco-model and social entrepreneur, she is currently working on the intersection of technology and local food, and before that, launched Source4Style, the online tradeshow for sustainable design. We want the world to be as blue and green...


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TEDxLondon: City2.0

TEDxLondon, with a theme of ‘City2.0’, sought to bring the issue of sustainable cities to the forefront. Speakers outlined how to deal with a growing urban population and the issues created from overcrowding to air pollution. The event was held at the Crystal in London’s Royal Victoria Docks on...


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Impax Asset Management: investment opportunities in environmental markets ‘attractive’

Impax Asset Management, a leading investor in the environmental space, has spoken out about the attractive investment opportunities presented by areas like renewable energy and water, after recording strong financial performance in 2013. The London-based firm’s flagship investment trust, Impax Environmental Markets, returned 32.2% for the last calendar year,...


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Al Gore labels geoengineering ‘insane’ as alternative climate fixes are debated

Former US vice-president Al Gore has said there is no quick fix to the issue of climate change, branding the idea of geoengineering as “insane”. This comes as a United Nations (UN) report suggests that governments may have to turn to carbon dioxide removal technology if emissions are not...


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Sustainable company of the week: Wabtec

We want to connect investors and consumers with fast growth, highly innovative sustainable companies. In this first in a new series profiling some of the most promising ones from an investment perspective, the team from WHEB Asset Management talks about Wabtec, an engineering firm developing safety equipment for the rail...


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Just one in four European cities fully prepared for climate change

Seven out of 10 European cities have no formal plans to adapt to climate change, and one in three have no plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, writes David Thorpe. This article originally appeared on Sustainable Cities Collective. The shocking news comes from research by Diana Reckien of Columbia...


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Four sea creatures discovered in Scottish waters

Four previously unknown sea creatures have been discovered in deep ocean waters hundreds of miles off the north west coast of Scotland. The discoveries have led to calls to put gas and oil exploration “off limits” in the area. The “incredibly unusual” finds were discovered during surveys off the...


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How fair is your smartphone?

Introducing Fairphone: the world’s first “ethical” smartphone. At first glance, it appears to be just like any other. While some reviewers have said its competitors may beat it in the technology department, when it comes to moral superiority, Fairphone wins hands down. This article originally appeared in Blue & Green...


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51% of corporations emitting unsustainable levels of CO2, study finds

A new study has found that more than half of corporations are emitting unsustainable levels of CO2 when the figures are assessed from a science perspective. Non-profit group Climate Counts analysed the greenhouse gas emissions of 100 global corporations between 2005 and 2012 to determine their performance against science-based...


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Will Day, PwC: the companies that deserve to succeed call sustainability ‘common sense’

Many who know the man will find this hard to believe but, by his own admission, Will Day describes himself as a slow learner. In fact, he claims to have only learnt two things in his impressive career. One is that contrary to popular belief, the opposite of poverty...


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Climate change deniers banned from Reddit’s science forum

The moderators of Reddit’s online science forum /r/science, which provides a space for debate between scientists and non-scientists alike, have warned that climate change deniers are to be banned from the site. The announcement follows several heated exchanges between scientists and deniers on the site, which is a subsection...


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Existing city infrastructure can be ‘reprogrammed’

To unlock the full potential of our cities and solve pressing problems, we must re-imagine the existing urban infrastructure, says Scott Burnham.  Across the world, innovative solutions to urban needs are emerging from new uses for existing structures and systems. Officials are joining hands with engineers and corporate research...


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Bad jokes aside, Bradley Wiggins’ success is a lesson for renewable energy innovation

Last week’s ‘joke’ at a children’s charity ball was not Sir Bradley Wiggins’ finest moment. But cast your minds back a year and the reason for his knighthood is quickly remembered. Just 10 days after becoming the first Brit to win the Tour de France, he won his fourth...



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